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MSP is unique in offering a full continuum of care from immediate crisis on our hotline through transitional-to-permanent housing.  Our experienced team of professional social workers provides clinical counseling, case management, and comprehensive services to empower survivors to recover and thrive.  MSP also provides training, case consultation, and advocacy to engage communities to prevent violence and abuse.

Our mission is to end domestic violence and empower survivors to live healthy, independent lives free from violence.      

WHAT WE OFFER

The city’s only dedicated free & confidential 24/7 hotline for domestic violence victims not connected with law enforcement and courts

MSP’s confidential hotline serves as a lifeline for many individuals experiencing domestic violence in the metropolitan area. Available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, MSP’s counselors work with callers to develop safety plans and refer them to community resources.  Over 3,000 callers a year receive support, safety planning, and referrals to appropriate community partners through MSP’s hotline annually.

Our 24-hour hotline has served as a lifeline in the District since 1976. Last year alone, our hotline provided support and referrals to 2,512 women, men, and even children – a 65.4% increase in calls since 2008.

Help is available 24 hours daily, 7 days per week at 202-529-5991. If you are calling from a personal cell phone or house phone, please keep in mind that your abuser may be tracking your telephone usage. 

If you are in immediate danger, call 911.

A modern shelter for 45 women & children with counseling, case management & life skills training

In fall 2012, MSP completed our initiative to expand and renovate our emergency shelter, Sanctuary Plus, to provide shelter for up to 45 women and children. Residents at MSP’s emergency safe house shelter, Sanctuary Plus, receive individual and group counseling, clinical case-management, and referrals focused on addressing the unique challenges each family and individual faces. The 9,000 square-foot state-of-the-art facility features 15 bedrooms, a children’s resource center, a secure playground, and a commercial kitchen with a full-time chef who plans nutritious meals for families. The shelter’s dormitory-style design encourages a sense of community and support that reminds families that they are not alone during this tough period of their lives.  During their 90-day stay at Sanctuary Plus, residents receive intensive supports focused on developing and pursuing goals towards independence.

As in most domestic violence shelters, children comprise the largest population in MSP’s residential programs. Often lacking the ability to constructively express their feelings, children who have experienced trauma and witnessed violence, often exhibit negative or violent behavior at school and at home. Exposure to this type of violence is also the greatest indicator that a child will grow up to find himself or herself in a violent relationship – as either the abuser or abused.

Last year, more than 90% of the families served in Sanctuary Plus moved to more stable, safe homes. They did not become homeless, return to their abusers, or move to another short-term shelter program – draining a very limited resource.

The architects at R. McGhee & Associates ensured that the facility is compliant with the Americans for Disabilities Act and utilized an environmentally friendly design. Special thanks to our Capital Campaign Committee and the supporters who made this milestone possible.

An innovative transitional-to-permanent housing program that builds survivors financial skills and credit

MSP’s transitional-to-permanent housing program, RISE (Reaching Independence through Survivor Empowerment) help families fleeing from domestic violence in DC move from crisis and homelessness to safety and stability. In this one year model, MSP staff provides case management and education on financial responsibility and life planning. Additionally, during the year of participation, rental payments are subsidized by MSP on a gradually declining scale, and trained MSP staff will provide ongoing support and referrals to clients, as they pursue goals in an autonomous environment. Families will have the option to remain in the homes they have built for themselves after exiting the program, promoting long-term self-sufficiency and freedom from abuse.

RISE launded in 2012, and in its first year, RISE served 5 families. All have voluntarily opened savings and checking accounts, developed and maintained household budgets, and paid their bills on time.

If you are a victim of domestic violence, working full-time or in school and employed part-time, you may be a candidate for RISE. Call our 24-hour hotline at 202-529-5991 to learn more.

Clients benefit from ongoing contact with case-management staff to support them in their independence, including counseling, referrals to community-based services, and advocacy.

Upon exiting the residential and non-residential programs, clients benefit from ongoing contact with case-management staff to support them in their independence. Services include counseling, referrals to community-based services, and advocacy as needed for a minimum of 90 days.  Our goal is to provide active outreach and assist clients in building long-term supportive systems within their communities, to reduce the likelihood of future victimization.

For more information, contact Chandra Robinson, Community Programs Manager, at 202-540-1056.

A unique program that empowers men to hold each other accountable and overcome dangerous, destructive behavior

Supported by a Grant from the District of Columbia’s Child and Family Services Agency, the Batterer Intervention Program (BIP) is designed to help keep children and families safe in DC.  Last year, CFSA identified addressing domestic violence as key to achieving family preservation and re-unification. Specifically, families are often separated due to domestic violence and unable to safely reunite due to the lack of resources available to the batterer.  Our BIP is perhaps the first Batterer Intervention Program for fathers whose families have been identified as being at risk by CFSA.

Through a 24 week intensive program facilitated by licensed clinicians, MSP staff work with fathers who are batterers to provide a safe community place to learn about healthy relationships, become accountable for their own violent and abusive behavior, and learn how to replace violence and abuse with positive and healthy behaviors.  MSP is using the Men Stopping Violence curriculum developed in Atlanta that integrates an ecological perspective by acknowledging systems of oppression and then empowering men to build communities that support men in achieving healthy relationships.  The goal of the BIP group is to provide participants with greater self-awareness to help them identify themselves as abusers, and to develop appropriate strategies to properly address aggressive behaviors.

Additionally, with our expertise in domestic violence, MSP provides training, technical assistance and case consultation to CFSA and CPS staff to help protect children and strengthen families. MSP and CFSA staff work together to properly screen CFSA cases for domestic violence.

For more information, contact Chandra Robinson, Community Programs Manager, at 202-540-1056.

Trainings, events, literature & more to raise awareness and encourage community engagement

Eradicating domestic violence requires a coordinated community response that embraces prevention and intervention. MSP partners with law enforcement, the legal community, clergy, and others to ensure that service providers and community members are equipped to appropriately respond to victims’ needs.  MSP raises awareness about domestic violence in English and Spanish with a focus on prevention and intervention through the distribution of literature, dissemination of information at events, and innovative projects.

Additionally, in collaboration with the DC Volunteer Lawyers Project and DASH, Weekly walk in clinics and support groups are held within the community to provide support to individuals faced with domestic violence.

Our community outreach program raises awareness about domestic violence through the distribution of literature, trainings, dissemination of information at events, and innovative projects. Some of our special projects include:

  • An annual campaign to advertise our 24-hour hotline in English and Spanish throughout WMATA metro stops and buses
  • Our signature Clothesline Project
  • Developing Stand By Me with MSP, a bystander intervention curriculum approaching domestic violence as a public health epidemic

We are committed to responding to our community’s diversity and evolving needs, and in the late 90s launched our Latino Outreach Program, thanks to support from the Joseph and Marjorie Jones Foundation. One of every 10 DC residents is Latino, and we are the only domestic violence shelter in DC that conducts active outreach to this community. We understand that beyond language barriers, addressing domestic violence in the Latino and immigrant communities requires cultural competency.

We conduct outreach and trainings through the District and partner with law enforcement, the legal community, clergy, service providers, beauty salons, universities, schools, hospitals, and others.

For more information or to request a training, contact Chandra Robinson, Community Programs Manager, at 202-540-1056.

Have questions about our programs?  Contact our Programs Manager, Chandra Robinson, at (202) 540-1056 or Email.